Custom Home Design
Thanks to the information super highway there are tens of thousands of home designs to consider, and even with that there are many people who are unable to find their perfect home plan. Or maybe overwhelmed with the number of choices and the decisions to be made. As professional building designers we can help.
Let us help you design the home of your dreams!
For 22 years we have helped over 2000 custom design clients achieve their goals. While the vast majority of these projects have been single-family homes we have participated in projects as complex as 10,000+ square foot multi-family housing and as simple as a 200 square foot carport. Our designs have been constructed across the country and around the world. Everywhere from lake view lots in Michigan, oceanfront in Florida, suburban Nebraska, infill lots in Colorado, and urban villages in Oregon. Australians, Europeans, and Islanders have used our home designs. We have the experience to help you.
The design process begins with our understanding your needs and goals. Over the years this information has been communicated in a variety of ways. Lists of needs, pictures, sketches, or interviews. Designs have been developed from a single photograph up to reams of magazine clippings and notes. Don't worry about having to little, or too much information. We will help fill in any blanks or consolidate vast amounts of information so that we can craft your design.
Once we have a clear understanding of your objectives we begin developing design concepts. Generally we start with simple floor plan outlines. These outlines help us work through the room arrangement, sizes and flow as well as overall size of the home. We provide sketches for your review and comment. Adjusting as necessary we will eventually have a floor plan that suits your needs. From there will work through the exterior elevations, again providing sketches for your review, adjusting as necessary. Once we have completed the preliminary design (floor plans and elevations) we develop the construction drawings for your home.
All designs are completed using CAD software, assuring accuracy from the initial floor plan through the completed plans. We have experience with most forms of construction. Plans have been completed using conventional framing, Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Log, CMU block as well as some more obscure methods. Foundation systems vary from region to region as well and your custom plan will be drawn to meet your requirements, whether you're building on a basement, crawl space, or concrete slab.
Participating in the design of your home is an extraordinary experience. We would be very happy to help you achieve your goals providing expert guidance; delivering quality plans for you and your contractor. Please call (800) 634-0123 with any questions or to set up a free consultation.
A special note about Green Building: Green building has been a hot topic in home design and construction over the last decade and we are frequently asked if our plans are "green". We have extensive training and experience with green building concepts including LEED®, Energy Star ®, NAHBGreen® and others. Each client has their own unique take on what it means to build green and many have questions. With each home we create, regardless of the energy or environment goals of the client, we practice efficient design. Maximizing the use of space, designing to uniform material specifications and providing for efficient construction is a sound beginning. We would be happy to discuss additional green building techniques and concepts.